Judgment of Midas

Judg­ment of Midas

Kamran Ince conducting Judgment of Midas








This new opera, with music by Kam­ran Ince and libret­to by Miri­am Sei­del, pre­miered in Mil­wau­kee in April 2013. Judg­ment of Midas was pro­duced by Present Music with the Mil­wau­kee Opera The­atre, and per­formed at the Zela­zo Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts at Uni­ver­si­ty of Wis­con­sin Mil­wau­kee. Kam­ran Ince con­duct­ed the Present Music Ensem­ble, expand­ed to include five Turk­ish musi­cians play­ing tra­di­tion­al instru­ments. The per­for­mance was direct­ed by Jill Anna Ponasik.

Soloists:   Melik/Midas: Matthew DiBat­tista, Fran­ny: Abi­gail Fis­ch­er, Theo: Gre­go­ry Ger­brandt, Pan: Jen­nifer Goltz, Tmo­lus: Mikhail Svet­lov, Apol­lo: Philip Horst

In Jan­u­ary 2014, an half-hour excerpt from Judg­ment of Midas was per­formed at Opera America’s New Works Forum in New York. See the per­for­mance here, includ­ing a record­ed inter­view with Kam­ran and Miri­am:


…An orgias­tic cli­max as crazed and hair-rais­ing as any­thing I’ve heard in all of opera… fab­u­lous orches­tral col­or… This composer’s lim­it­less son­ic imag­i­na­tion has wrought one amaze­ment after anoth­er.… Libret­tist Miri­am Sei­del gave Ince an ide­al plat­form for his style… [and] also gave her char­ac­ters mar­velous­ly wit­ty lines…”

- Third Coast Dai­ly

New Opera both ele­gant and row­dy at Present Music        — Tom Stri­ni, Third Coast Dai­ly

Present Music takes on opera in Ince’s ‘Judg­ment of Midas’         — Elaine Schmidt, Mil­wau­kee Jour­nal Sen­tinel

Myth­i­cal Bat­tle of Midas: Present Music and Mil­wau­kee Opera The­atre present a world pre­miere             — Joel K. Boyd, Express Mil­wau­kee

Present Music choos­es world pre­miere for its first-ever opera               — Michael Muck­ian, Wis­con­sin Gazette

Judgment of Midas libretto bookJudg­ment of Midas — Libret­to for the opera now avail­able

$10   Order from Present Music   Pub­lished by The Cooper­age in hon­or of the world pre­miere, 2013 Includes the libret­to, pref­ace by Miri­am Sei­del, infor­ma­tion on the arche­o­log­i­cal explo­rations at Sardis, and After­word by John Shan­non. Illus­tra­tions from art by Craw­ford Gree­newalt, Jr. Book design: Kate Haw­ley.


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